Farewell to a comrade…….the Maori way

A little while ago I came across a video on YouTube which was a short recording of the return of a dead New Zealand soldier to his homeland and to be greeted by his comrades, the soldiers of 2/1 RNZIR Battalion performing the haka.

The haka  is a traditional war cry, dance, or challenge from the Māori people of New Zealand. It is a posture dance performed by a group, with vigorous movements and stamping of the feet with rhythmically shouted accompaniment.

War haka were originally performed by warriors before a battle, proclaiming their strength and prowess in order to intimidate the opposition, but haka are also performed for various reasons: for welcoming distinguished guests, or to acknowledge great achievements, occasions or funerals.

I defy anyone to watch this and not be moved, particularly at the respect of all the soldiers to their fallen comrade. I think what makes it more emotional is the silence at the end of the haka.

I can think of no finer way for a fallen soldier to be shown respect and dignity than this Maori challenge.

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2 Responses to Farewell to a comrade…….the Maori way

  1. mikethepsych says:

    This is so moving. And there was a similar one when a boys school performed it for a teacher who had died. Brings tears to your eyes

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